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This book is one of my all-time favorites, a bildungsroman of the techie world set between its two 1990s axes: Microsoft and Silicon Valley. My friend ...more
Oct 1997
Feb 21, 2008
The Collected Stories of Vernor Vinge
I've been reading Vinge's stories since the mid-80's and this is a really nice compendium of (almost) all of them -- most notably lacking his most fam ...more
Nov 2007
Oct 19, 2007
The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle, #4)
This is one of my all-time favorite books. It combines a thought experiment -- what if humans weren't always gendered, and how would that change us? - ...more
Feb 1994
Mar 06, 2008
An early variant of Stephenson's 'Snow Crash' writing style. More down-to-earth plot, set in the present rather than the near-future, but just as much ...more
Jan 2003
Sep 01, 2007
The Voyage of the Star Wolf (Star Wolf, #2)
I can't explain why I like this so much; it's written like (and by an author of) TV shows -- but it's just enjoyable, perfect escapist fluff, and deli ...more
Oct 1998
Sep 16, 2007
The Mote in God's Eye (Moties, #1)
This is one of my favorite books; I first read it in high school and I've read it several times since. It's a tight story that is set in the far futur ...more
Jan 1986
Nov 26, 2008
The Windup Girl
A well-written and engaging book that was also incredibly depressing, less for its plot (which isn't exactly cheerful) than for its dystopic world, wh ...more
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 19, 2011
The Twelve (The Passage, #2)
This is a book about love.

Which is somewhat odd when its main plot point is post-apocalyptic vampires, but nonetheless, love is the dominant theme in
Mar 18, 2013
Mar 19, 2013
The Magician King (The Magicians, #2)
At times uneven, this sequel to The Magicians winds up comparing well to its predecessor. This is no mean feat given that it starts with our "hero" ha ...more
Nov 06, 2011
Nov 13, 2011
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
You know what this is about (well, unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past few years, which almost describes my life for the past few year ...more
Jun 2012
Sep 24, 2012
Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
(Written after I finished Mockingjay.)
Katniss won the Hunger Games, and set a bold example of defiance. What does this mean afterwards? Catching Fire
Aug 18, 2012
Sep 24, 2012
The Passage (The Passage, #1)
Post-apocalyptic vampires. How can you not like it?

Well, in a number of ways, actually, but those didn't fundamentally detract from my enjoyment of th
Dec 10, 2010
Dec 11, 2010
The Magicians (The Magicians, #1)
As everyone says: Harry Potter for adults, or at least late adolescents, with the appropriate levels of angst, hormones, sex, and booze. Think of coll ...more
Jul 04, 2011
Jul 05, 2011
Daybreak Zero (Daybreak, #2)
Another review used the phrase "middle-book-itis" and that seems to really nail this book. The first book of the trilogy, "Directive 51" was somewhat ...more
Feb 23, 2012
Feb 24, 2012
Directive 51
An entertaining, if infuriating, end-of-the-world thriller. While it stands OK on its own, it is definitely part of a trilogy, and leaves a lot of top ...more
Feb 22, 2012
Feb 24, 2012
Raise the Titanic! (Dirk Pitt, #4)
I saw the movie "Raise the Titanic" way back when I was a little kid and had a fondness for the movie (which I suspect was a really, really bad movie ...more
Jun 20, 2010
Jun 27, 2010
The Children of the Sky  (Zones of Thought #3)
How do you follow up a sprawling, amazing, enthralling and deep book like A Fire Upon The Deep?

Well, you really can't. At least not with one book. And
Jun 19, 2012
Jun 28, 2012
Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives
Wow. An amazing and inventive book that really makes you think. Sum is a collection of vignettes, each 2-3 pages long (and these are not large pages) ...more
Nov 16, 2010
Nov 27, 2010
Sixty Days and Counting (Science in the Capitol, #3)
I said I wouldn't but eventually I did. This is the last of Kim Stanley Robinson's climate series, which I've already reviewed. It is an attempt to ma ...more
Nov 26, 2009
Nov 27, 2009
The Gripping Hand (Moties #2)
Have you ever watched a sequel to a movie that you really liked, and partway into it realized that the whole purpose of the movie was for the stars to ...more
Dec 02, 2008
Dec 02, 2008
A fun SF book from an older "happier" time, told as a sequence of legendary tales about "Man" and what role he might have played for Dog-kind.

It start
Dec 30, 2009
Dec 31, 2009
The Westing Game
Actually first read (and re-read, and re-read, and re-read) in fifth grade, but read it again now to see if it's suitable as a chapter book for my son ...more
Jun 2013
Jun 03, 2013
Worlds Enough & Time: Five Tales of Speculative Fiction
Dan Simmons is a hell of a storyteller.

I have never read Hyperion, which appears to be Simmons' most famous work, but I have read his fun retelling of
Apr 07, 2009
Apr 09, 2009
The Years of Rice and Salt
**spoiler alert** An ambitious but flawed alternate history. What if the Black Death, instead of wiping out a third of Europeans, wiped them ALL out? ...more
Apr 2005
Jan 23, 2008
Fifty Degrees Below (Science in the Capitol, #2)
The problem with Important books is often that they're not very Good. And Fifty Degrees Below tries very, very hard to be Important.

In the wake of th
Apr 23, 2008
Mar 06, 2008
On the Road
**spoiler alert** Yes, I love roadtrips and yet have never read this book until now. Although, despite the title, it's not really about roadtrips at a ...more
Sep 12, 2008
Sep 13, 2008
Forty Signs of Rain (Science in the Capitol, #1)
Many reivews cite Ilium as "literary science fiction" but Kim Stanley Robinson is the real deal. His epic speculative fiction is dense, character-dri ...more
Mar 03, 2008
Mar 06, 2008
The Unincorporated Man
If corporations are people, what if people were corporations?

A fun exploration of a political/economic concept turned on its head; Our Hero (brilliant
Jun 15, 2011
May 25, 2011
First, David Brin is a great ideas author but has a horrible trait of being unable to end a book well. I've read many of his books and they all have g ...more
Aug 1992
Oct 31, 2008
Ilium (Ilium, #1)
What do sentient robots, nonliterate dilettantes, and the Trojan War have in common? From this unlikely combination, Dan Simmons produces a remarkable ...more
Feb 12, 2008
Feb 12, 2008
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